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Akron man in custody after hour-long SWAT standoff following crash

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Posted at 5:20 PM, Sep 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 09:14:05-04

A 35-year-old man who was forcibly removed from his car after an hour-long police stand-off is facing charges, according to Akron police.

An Akron officer is also on paid leave, as is standard protocol, after firing a shot during the situation. 

The suspect, 35-year-old Marcus A. Coker, was driving a recklessly on East Market Street around 11 p.m. on Friday, police said.

Officers attempted to stop his vehicle but Coker fled from police.  Minutes later, Coker's 2013 Volkswagen Jetta struck a parked car.

Authorities gave Coker instructions to exit his car but he refused, police said. He continued to move around inside the vehicle and an officer fired a single shot into the car.

Officers backed away and then the SWAT team was called to the scene.

After about an hour, Coker was removed from the car.  He was transported to Akron City Hospital with a minor head injury and non-life threatening injuries.

Coker was charged with failure to comply, fleeing and alluding.  He is also facing charges of aggravated burglary, disrupting public service, domestic violence and theft from a previous incident involving an ex-girlfriend, police said.

The officer who fired a shot into the car is a two-year veteran of the department. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation is assisting the Akron Police Department with the investigation.

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